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The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

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Director of Hedayat Institute speaks to Peralta about study abroad program

In a recent Zoom lecture, Hedayat Institute Director Nagwa Hedayat shared that the pandemic has impacted plans to have Peralta students study abroad program visit Egypt, after having previously run a successful program in 2019. Current, ongoing virtual events will make up for some of the study abroad program. 

The Hedayat Institute for Arabic studies intends to bring the Arabic culture together with other cultures from every side of the world. The institute has currently held virtual meetings since traveling requirements since the beginning of the pandemic has changed the way people travel. Some extra courses included in the Arabic studies program besides Arabic language are Oriential Music, Calligraphy, Islamic Philosophy, Islamic Arts, Architecture, Advanced Studies of Middle East Politics and many others. 

The director shared that during the 2019 trip to Egypt, Peralta students were taken to the many historical locations from the Pharaonic, Jewish, Coptic, Islamic and modern moments which shaped Egypt’s past and present. The Ministry of Tourism has shared online resources with the institute which allows the institute to give virtual tours. 

The institute has been looking to make a partnership with Oxford University since 2012 which would have allowed for the Development Entrepreneur Program to make a “spinning out” for those in business with the muslim brothers in Egypt but did not follow through due to “political instability.” Creating a partnership would have opened many opportunities for students to transfer all credits studied at Hedayat Institute to universities and would have improved marketing to the program in both the United Kingdom and EU. 

Since the pandemic, Hedayet Institute has made changes to its program in many courses from the Arabic language course to many others to better improve the Hedayat Institute. 

Dr. Hedayat shared “I hope that many of you enroll in our virtual study abroad program as well as on site in Cairo- Egypt in the very near future.”

During the lecture, Dr. Hedayet spoke about Egypt and its strong importance in the Middle East alongside other nations such as Iran and Turkey. Dr. Hedayet spoke about the foundations of Egypt’s foreign policy, touching on  the previous roles of Amr Moussa as president of the Arab League and Boutros Boutros-Ghali as Secretary-General of the United Nations. 

She also spoke about Egypt’s geographical location and its four borders: the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Sudan to the south, Libya to the west, and the Red Sea and Palestine to the east. 

Dr. Hedayet added that the Egyptian economy has started to improve since 2018, she said “the economy is gradually improving with annual rates of GDP growth averaging 5.3% in FY 2017/18, up from 4% in 2014/15 and 2015/16, and from an average of only 2% during the period 2010/11-2013/14. 5.5% in 2020.”

She also spoke about the impact of the president’s ideological orientation on the foreign policy of Egypt and talked about the presidents of Egypt, specifically how Abdel Nasser took lands from the rich and distributed them to the poor, and that he went in his foreign policy to cooperate with Russia against United States of America. He was succeeded by President Sadat, who was open to the outside world and liberal, cooperating with the United States of America and emphasizing the significance 0f that relationship on international relations as a whole.

She then spoke about President Hosni Mubarak who followed in the ideological footsteps of Sadat, despite corruption spreading throughout Egypt. And finally she spoke about President Mohamed Morsi and his own cooperation with the United States, while wanting to move Egypt towards more traditional values similar to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Peralta’s International Services Manager Drew Gebhart and a number of journalists and students interested in Egypt and researching Egyptian issues were in attendance.

About the Contributors
Moamar Abdelrahman
Moamar Abdelrahman, Staff Writer
Moamar was born in Egypt and is very fond of journalism since he was young because of his family ties to the industry. He and his brother created a 20-page magazine when he was 10 years old and his brother was 13 years old. He continued to produce magazines when he was a student at Cairo University, and his magazine was on the distinguished wall of the Faculty of Arabic Language. When he graduated from Cairo University, he worked for Egyptian Radio and Television Magazine as an Arabic language reviewer and news editor. His path led him to Saudi Arabia where he worked as a news editor for several magazines and became managing editor. He completed his MBA while he worked in Saudi Arabia. Fueled by for his deep love of journalism, Moamar came to United States in 2011 and studied Mass Media at Laney College, where he now takes other classes. He hopes one day humanity will live in harmony so that future generations can live in security, love and peace, but is worried this seems impossible.
Farhad Golriz
Farhad Golriz, Staff Writer
Farhad Golriz is an Iranian-American that was raised in Berkeley. He is interested in politics and foreign affairs – in particular, the Middle East. Farhad enjoys writing about events that have happened in other parts of the world and his goal is to be able to speak up for those who feel their voices are not being heard. Farhad’s goal is to one day become a Journalist and he is very honored to be a staff writer for The Citizen at Laney College.
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